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The Iliad-Trojan War . One of the most beloved tales in Western literature, the Iliad tells the story of the war between Greece and Troy. PLEASE read all the way to the bottom. . Now the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, was married to Menelaus, King of Sparta. Paris, prince of Troy, abducted Helen. Menelaus calls for his brother Agamemnon's help. Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter Iphigenia for good favor with the goddess Artemis, a deed for which he would later be murdered by his wife Clytemnestra. The Greek heroes assemble to get Helen back from Troy. The heroes land on the beaches of Troy. Many Greeks fell, and the healer, Machaon, was busy assisting them. Athene, goddess of war and wisdom, assists Diomedes, a Greek warrior. Ares, the bloodthirsty god of war, slays whomever he comes across. Achilles, the Greek champion, kills a Trojan. The Greeks had captured two beautiful maidens: Chryseis, prize of Agamemnon, and Briseis, prize of Achilles Chryseis' father, Chyrsos, was a priest of Apollo. He prayed to Apollo to give him his daughter back. Apollo started shooting his arrows of pestilence into the Greek camp. Agamemnon, wanting to put an end to these deaths, consults the soothsayer, Calchas, for advice. Calchas tells him he must return Chryseis to her father. Chrysos is reunited with his daughter. Agamemnon, his pride injured, takes Briseis from Achilles. Achilles, furious, vows to fight no more. He also forbids his best friend Patroclus to fight. Without their champion Achilles, the Greeks are pushed back. Agamemnon brings Achilles rich gifts in the hope Achilles will rejoin the fighting. Achilles realizes the Greeks are getting crushed, and. . . . . .sends out Patroclus, dressed in Acilles' armor, in the hope that that will dis hearten the Trojans. Patroclus is soon killed by Hector, champion of the Trojans. A runner brings the bad news to Achilles, who is still grieving for Briseis. A battle has began for the body of Patroclus. Ajax wins the day and. . . . . .carries the body back to Achilles. Achilles mourns by the seashore for his dead friend. Thetis, a sea nymph and Achilles' mother, comes and comforts him. Achilles tells her he wants to go kill Hector just as he is, but she tells him he would soon die without armor. She promises to go to Hephaestus and get him to make new armor for Achilles. Before she leaves, Thetis tells Achilles he will soon die after he kills Hector. Achilles does not care. All he wants is revenge. Thetis goes to Hephaestus and convinces him to make armor for Achilles. Hephaestus, the blacksmith god, forges a new set of armor for Achilles. Thetis brings the armor back to Achilles. Achilles suits up. Thus equipped, Achilles rushes out and slays many Trojans. Achilles comes upon Hector, and after a brief battle, Achilles slays him. Hector then prophesied that Achilles would be soon killed by Paris, Hector's brother. Achilles lashes Hector's body to his chariot. Achilles continues killing Trojans. Achilles grieves over Patroclus. Hector's body lies dishonored in Achilles' camp. Achilles is unstoppable. Priam weeps at how Hector's body is being dishonored. He decides to try to get Hector's body back from Achilles, and accompanied by Hermes, sets out for Achilles' camp. Achilles relents. Priam weeps over his son's body. So the Trojans performed the burial rites of Hector, tamer of horses. RATE AND COMMENT!


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